Report: European Union Regulators Set to Bless Microsoft's Nokia Deal

Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) $7.3 billion acquisition of Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) mobile phone business is reportedly poised to win approval from antitrust regulators in the European Union without conditions.

The blessing from Europe helps clear the way for Microsoft’s biggest-ever transaction, which is aimed at cementing its shift from an aging software giant to a modern devices-and-services company.

According to Reuters, EU antitrust regulators plan to green light the deal without requiring conditions such as divestitures.

The EU had set a Dec. 4 deadline to device on the matter.

Neither Microsoft nor the EU immediately responded to a request for comment on the report.

Microsoft unveiled the deal in September, saying it would pay $7.2 billion for the Finnish company’s mobile phone business and license its patents. The acquisition steps up Microsoft’s fight with industry heavyweights Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Samsung.

Shares of Nokia jumped 2.64% to $8.16 on Friday afternoon, while Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft ticked up 0.59% to $37.62.